Sherlock Holmes to Live Again in a New Original Novel

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Late author Conan Doyle's estate has tapped British author-screenwriter Anthony Horowitz to pen a new crime caper that is due in the fall.

The monumental success of director Guy Ritchie's 2009 blockbuster Sherlock Holmes, and last fall's contemporary BBC makeover Sherlock has sparked a revival of sorts for the classic detective that will soon include a new novel. Late Sherlock Holmes creator Conan Doyle's estate has approved a new book project about the great detective and his sidekick, Dr. Watson.

British author and screenwriter Anthony Horowitz, who penned the teenage spy novel Alex Rider and who has adapted several Agatha Christie crime capers for ITV's Agatha Christie's Poirot series, has been selected by Doyle's estate to write the full-length novel, which will be published by Orion in September.

"I simply couldn't resist this opportunity to write a brand new adventure for this iconic figure and my aim is to produce a first-rate mystery for a modern audience while remaining absolutely true to the spirit of the original," Horowitz told Reuters.

Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes sequel, again starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law along with newcomer Noomi Rapace, will be released three months after Horowitz's novel, on December 16.